Astros blow lead, lose World Series to Nationals

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HOUSTON, Texas (AP) Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals overcame a two-run deficit, rocking the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series to win the first title in franchise history.

With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals embraced their shot in a Series when the road team won every game.

Astros manager AJ Hinch says he'll "have to live with" his decision to turn to Will Harris in the seventh inning of World Series Game 7.

Harris allowed a go-ahead homer to Howie Kendrick after replacing ace Zack Greinke, who had cruised into the seventh inning.

Greinke allowed a solo homer to Anthony Rendon and walked Juan Soto before Hinch pulled him.

Gerrit Cole was also in the bullpen, ready to relieve on short rest after starting Game 5.